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For Third Year, Forbes' Ranks Catawba College among "America's Top Colleges"

July 25, 2013

Category: Academics

Catawba College GraduatesThis year, Catawba College is included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges." Catawba is one of only 19 North Carolina public and private institutions included in this annual listing and is ranked 170 among colleges in the South, 377 on the list of private colleges, and 590 among the 650 best undergraduate colleges.

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank, to create its Top Colleges rankings, focusing on the things that are most important to students, including quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (37.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (22.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; student debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25%); and nationally competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.

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